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WWE RAW, Hannah Montana and Northern Lights lead cable show rankings

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March 24th, 2009

WWE Raw cleared five million viewers in both hours  and took the top two spots in the weekly charts.  Next up was Hannah Montana with 4.538 million.  The fourth spot went to Lifetime's movie Northern Lights, the first of a series of movies based on Nora Roberts' books that Lifetime will air that averaged 4.531 million, Lifetime's most-watched movie so far this year.

Save for an airing of iCarly at number fourteen, the rest of this week's top twenty was made up entirely of SpongeBob and NCIS airings.  SpongeBob grabbed eight of the top twenty spots, and NCIS took seven.

The finale of Battlestar Galactica averaged 2.364 million viewers.  If you want to know how it did with middle aged men like us, more information is here via NBC press release.

In other finale news, the series finale of Kyle XY averaged 1.662 million.  Trust Me looks to be burning off episodes airing two new episodes last Tuesday, but interestingly a repeat the next night at 11pm did better (it was the only one of the three to clear 600,000!).   It looks like Trust Me is bumped for NBA Basketball tonight, but will air two new episodes between 9p-11p on 3/31.

Damages on FX remains damaged from a ratings perspective, averaging only 632,000.  I don't think it's quite as good as many of the digerati, but I have enjoyed the second season and am surprised the numbers aren't a bit better.

Back in the old days (like three weeks ago) there was some special magic for That's So Raven at midnight on Friday night/Saturday morning, but Disney took that time slot away from Raven and some of the magic is gone.  Last week, some show called Life With Derek had the spot, and while it did not clear 2 million viewers as Raven routinely did, at 1.978 million it did best Raven's best for the week, 1.605 million on a Wednesday at 6:30pm.   Bring back the midnight magic!

Update: The Big Love season finale on Sunday night averaged 2.7 million for HBO while the season (series?) finale of Flight of Conchords averaged 678,000.  Eastbound & Down averaged 904,000 viewers.

Top 20 cable shows for the week ending March 22, 2009:

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Please note, all shows outside of the top twenty are sorted by viewers but ARE NOT ranked. If you don't see a show listed here, the only thing you can conclude for sure is that it wasn't in the top twenty.   The top twenty would include premium cable, if any of those shows ever made the top twenty.  But the additional show list is for advertising supported basic cable networks only. We do not see data directly for premium cable channels.  I don't KNOW how Big Love or United States Of Tara did, but if I see anything I'll post it here and if you see anything, please post a link in the comments.

There are over 14,000 shows. I'm not taking requests as it would be impossible to please everyone. Sorry!  If you make a request in the comments anyway, I will ignore it, sorry.

Rank Shows NET DAY Time Viewers Live+SD (000)
1 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:07P 5,359
2 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 5,206
3 Hannah Montana DSNY Sun 07:30P-08:00P 4,538
4 NORTHERN LIGHTS LIFE Sat 09:00P-11:00P 4,531
5 SpongeBob NICK Mon 05:30P-06:00P 4,277
6 NCIS USA Sat 09:00P-10:00P 4,264
7 NCIS USA Mon 07:00P-08:00P 4,236
8 SpongeBob NICK Wed 06:00P-06:30P 4,208
9 SPONGEBOB NICK Mon 05:00P-05:30P 4,142
10 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:30A-10:00A 4,061
11 SPONGEBOB NICK Wed 05:30P-06:00P 4,014
12 SPONGEBOB NICK Thu 05:30P-06:00P 4,001
13 NCIS USA Sat 08:00P-09:00P 3,992
14 iCarly NICK Sat 08:00P-08:30P 3,921
15 NCIS USA Sat 10:00P-11:00P 3,905
16 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:00A-09:30A 3,875
17 NCIS USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 3,769
18 SPONGEBOB NICK Wed 06:30P-07:00P 3,743
19 NCIS USA Tue 07:00P-08:00P 3,737
20 NCIS USA Thu 07:00P-08:00P 3,732
Other shows (sorted, but not ranked)
BACK AT THE BARNYARD NICK Sat 10:00A-10:30A 3,600
SUITE LIFE ON DECK DSNY Fri 08:00P-08:30P 3,437
THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Wed 08:00P-09:00P 3,298
STAR WARS:CLONE WARS TOON Fri 09:00P-09:30P 3,297
HOUSE USA Thu 09:00P-10:00P 3,280
SOUTH PARK CMDY Wed 10:00P-10:30P 3,266
S Sonny with a Chance DSNY Sun 06:30P-07:00P 3,237
MIGHTY B! NICK Sat 10:30A-11:00A 3,219
SECRET LIFE/AMERICAN TEEN FAM Mon 08:00P-09:00P 3,117
PHINEAS AND FERB DSNY Fri 08:30P-09:00P 3,056
WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE DSNY Sun 08:30P-09:00P 2,871
FAIRLY ODD PARENTS NICK Sat 08:30A-09:00A 2,830
FAMILY GUY ADSM Wed 11:30P-12:00A 2,811
USA/JAPAN ESPN Sun 08:00P-11:26P 2,784
FOR THE LOVE OF RAY J VH1 Mon 10:00P-11:00P 2,701
TRUE JACKSON, VP NICK Sat 08:30P-09:00P 2,691
GHOST HUNTERS SCIF Wed 09:00P-10:00P 2,690
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA Thu 11:00P-12:00A 2,514
GEORGE LOPEZ NAN Fri 10:00P-10:30P 2,472
GLENN BECK FOXN Tue 05:00P-06:00P 2,448
ANGELS FALL LIFE Sat 07:00P-09:00P 2,401
MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE DSNY Sat 09:00A-09:25A 2,374
BATTLSTR GALACTICA (ORIG) SCIF Fri 09:00P-11:11P 2,364
I LOVE MONEY 2 VH1 Mon 09:00P-10:00P 2,361
DAILY SHOW CMDY Wed 10:59P-11:30P 2,264
JON & Kate Plus 8 TLC Mon 09:00P-09:30P 2,258
IMPORTANT THINGS CMDY Wed 10:30P-10:59P 2,093
INTERVENTION A&E Mon 09:00P-10:00P 2,057
LIFE WITH DEREK-LN DSNY Fri 12:00A-12:30A 1,978
ECW SCIF Tue 09:00P-10:00P 1,954
KYLE XY FAM Mon 09:00P-10:00P 1,662
THATS SO RAVEN DSNY Wed 06:30P-07:00P 1,605
REAL WORLD XXI MTV Wed 10:00P-11:00P 1,389
CHELSEA LATELY EN Mon 11:00P-11:30P 910
DAMAGES FX Wed 10:00P-11:01P 632
TRUST ME TNT Wed 11:00P-12:00A 619
TRUST ME TNT Tue 10:00P-11:00P 577
TRUST ME TNT Tue 09:00P-10:00P 541

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